Tom Dowdell

Seattle, Washington, US

CEO of Lesarde, Software Development & Architecture Guru, Product Creator, Ex-Microsoft
Tom's Skills
User Experience

Startup Experience

Founded 1 startup

Age Group


About Tom

Although I have worked in technology for many years, it has felt more like I work in the field of creativity. I started out life drawing, painting, writing music and inventing. When I discovered programming, it was just the next natural creative outlet. Fortunately for me, I am immensely passionate about creating software.
I have been told many times that I am not the typical developer because of my right-brain approach to finding solutions and strongly developed social skills.
I am now working to parlay decades of experience and unique insight into creating what I think will be a significant evolution in creating software. You can read more about my ideas and company at


Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. - Albert Einstein

Work Experience

Chief Architect and Developer

Lesarde Inc.

September 2015 - June 1996

After a couple years of researching the needs of software developers (and a few decades of experience in the field), I designed a completely new development ecosystem to solve the most pressing need of modern developers: staying relevant in a world of technology proliferation. The ecosystem includes a language (Frog), framework (Turtle), object database (Lesarde DB) and and IDE (Lesarde Studio) that replaces the need for the dozen or more technologies required to create a cross-platform, cross-tier application. This is an ambitious endeavor and, ultimately, will require wide-ranging talents of many people. While there is still much work to be done, a pre-MVP functioning Lesarde Studio is available for download at

Principal Software Architect


August 2013 - August 2015

VMC wanted to build a software consulting business from scratch and hired me to lead the charge. I built a team of a dozen developers, testers and technical writers and successfully developer a key product used by VMC's most lucrative business arm.

Senior Development Consultant


January 2008 - July 2013

Outstanding development for the Microsoft Office Starter, Automotive and Xbox Enforcement team.


Intuitive Edge Corp.

January 2000 - December 2008

Formed this startup to create developer tools. Designed, developed and marketed Datatypes++, a C++ SDK specializing in datatypes.

Senior Software Development Engineer


May 1990 - May 1996

One of the original SQL Server team developers. Created Microsoft first internal fully-automated test tool. Responsible for developing several SQL client SDKs.


Nicholls State University

BS Computer Science

1983 - 1987